You are here

News

IOM

    We live in a world in constant motion, writes IOM Director General William Lacy Swing. This is defined by the mobility of capital, goods and services but above all the mobility of people. Millions of people are moving, within and across borders, in search of something better.

    FAO

      Video message of José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations ( FAO ) for International Women's Day. Women play an important role in agriculture and food systems. Achieving gender equality and empowering women are crucial ingredients in the fight against extreme poverty, hunger and malnutrition, said José Graziano da Silva.

      FAO

      8 March 2017, Rome - Leaders from the three UN Rome-based agencies today marked International Women's Day by reinforcing their commitments to step up efforts to invest in the capacities of rural women as key agents of change in building a world without hunger.

      UNAIDS

      Nearly 1 million women are becoming infected with HIV every year and only half of all women living with HIV have access to lifesaving treatment-making AIDS now the leading cause of death worldwide among women between the ages of 30 and 49.

      WFP

      ROME - Leaders from the three UN Rome-based agencies today marked International Women's Day by reinforcing their commitments to step up efforts to invest in the capacities of rural women as key agents of change in building a world without hunger.

      UN News Centre

      As the rights of women and girls around the world are being reduced and restricted, the United Nations today marked International Women's Day with calls for empowering and educating women and girls to reach gender equality in the work place.

      UNHCR

      It is eight o’clock in the morning. As punctual as ever, Jamila Ali Hassan, 30, opens the creaking door of the Dairy Retail Cooperative in the Melkadida refugee camp, ready to receive the farmers who beat a path to the door.

      UNHCR

      British Yazidi girl and anti-FGM campaigner among winners of Women on the Move Awards 2017. The 2017 Women on the Move Awards, presented by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and Migrants Organise, will recognise two exceptional refugees for their outstanding work to empower women. 

      UNHCR

      Former refugee, Rez Gardi is the first female Kurdish lawyer in New Zealand and Young New Zealander of the Year 2017. Rez believes International Women’s Day is an important time to celebrate the accomplishments of women and support one another to achieve their goals.

      UNODC

      International Women's Day is a day to reflect on the need for every woman and girl to lead lives of dignity, equality and respect. The theme of this year's day is: "Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030".

      Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund
      UNFPA

      Gender equality is a human right. Women are entitled to live in dignity and in freedom from want and fear, without discrimination. Gender equality is also vital to sustainable development, peace and security.

      OCHA

      On International Women's Day, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs asked some remarkable Heads of Office what motivates them and what challenges they face as female leaders. These are their inspirational answers.

      Head of UNDP
      UNDP

      Access to new technologies is important for women in all societies - for access to information and to services, including for banking. Girls should be encouraged to study science, technology, engineering and maths, subjects which open up many opportunities, and more corporate effort is needed to promote women's participation and advancement in the technology sectors.

      High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré
      OHCHR

      Today we honour the human rights struggle of millions of women who have demanded respect for their rights and the rights of others. The women’s movement has brought about tremendous change but we must also recognise that progress has been slow and extremely uneven.

      UN News Centre

      The United Nations human rights office today launched a joint report with the African Union and UN Women detailing the progress and challenges to women's struggle for human rights in Africa, while the UN rights chief warned that the women's movement around the world is facing a backlash that hurts both men and women.

      UN Women

      International Women's Day UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Anne Hathaway to focus on the need for parental leave; Planet 50-50 gathers momentum in events around the world. 

      UNEP

      This year International Women's Day theme - Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030 - is putting the spotlight on the gender pay gap, which has slid backwards in terms of progress: According to World Economic Forum's 2016 Global Gender Gap Index, South Asia is projected to close their gender gap in 46 years, Western Europe in 61 years, Latin America in 72 years and Sub-Saharan Africa in 79 years.

      UNESCO

      UNESCO will celebrate International Women's Day (8 March) at its Headquarters and field office with a roundtable debate on gender equality in the art world, an advocacy campaign for women to be better represented in the media, and an international art exhibition.

      UNFPA

        In commemoration of International Women's Day, UNFPA is celebrating four inspiring women’s rights activists. These women are leaders in their countries and communities. All have overcome enormous barriers to raise their voices on behalf of the most vulnerable and marginalized. These four women stood up to demand equality. You should, too.

        The World Bank

        Join Rotary International, Oppenheimer, and The World Bank as we celebrate International Women's Day. Hosted and sponsored by the World Bank Group Staff Association, the session will illustrate the power of women to change the world and improve the lives of the less fortunate through innovative projects in the areas of education and health.

        UNFPA

        DAMASCUS, Syria - Fatima and Rasha welcomed new children into the world on the same day - an experience that would be completely unremarkable if not for their circumstances. Both women are living in uncertainty after fleeing the conflict in northern Syria, part of a wave of displacements that continues to grow.

        Irina Bokova, Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
        UNESCO

          “The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.” These words by activist Gloria Steinem testify to the universal nature of the fight for women’s rights and once a year, on 8 March, we restate our commitment to gender equality as a force driving dignity for all.

          UN Women

            Yayi Bayam Diouf became the first woman to fish in her small rural fishing village in Senegal despite initially being told by the men in her community that the fish wouldn’t take bait from a menstruating woman.

            UN Women

            On Wednesday, March 8, American award-winning actor and UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador Anne Hathaway will deliver a keynote address at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, in commemoration of International Women's Day.

            In Their Own Words: Fragments of Palestinian Women’s Stories
            UNRWA

            From Syria to Jordan, these stories show fragments of women’s lives, shedding light on their triumphs and at times their losses. They all tell a similar story of courage, resourcefulness and a will to choose life and hope in the face of adversity.

            UN News Centre

            The United Nations focal point for ending conflict-related sexual violence is in Iraq where she today met with survivors of rape and other abuse by the Islamic State (ISIL).

            UN Women

              Across the world, too many women and girls spend too many hours on household responsibilities—typically more than double the time spent by men and boys. They look after younger siblings, older family members, deal with illness in the family and manage the house. In many cases this unequal division of labour is at the expense of women’s and girls’ learning, of paid work, sports, or engagement in civic or community leadership.

              UN

                Women’s rights are human rights. But in these troubled times, as our world becomes more unpredictable and chaotic, the rights of women and girls are being reduced, restricted and reversed. Empowering women and girls is the only way to protect their rights and make sure they can realize their full potential.

                UN Women

                  International Women's Day will be commemorated globally on 8 March, with events organized by UN Women in more than 50 countries around the globe, to galvanize attention on gender equality and women's rights issues. This year's theme will focus on "Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030.

                  UNFPA

                  LAMU, Keyna - Aisha Tiro Bahero, 30, knows what it means to stare death in the face. Three years ago, while pregnant with her fifth child, she began to haemorrhage dangerously. "I couldn't stop the bleeding. No one could," she said.

                  Pages